Kliptown is a suburb of the formerly black township of Soweto in Gauteng, South Africa, located about 17 km south-west of Johannesburg. The suburb happens to be the oldest residential district of Soweto.
In June, 1955, Kliptown was the home of an unprecedented Congress of the People, which saw the declaration and adoption of the Freedom Charter that set out the aims and aspirations of the opponents of apartheid.
For generations families have lived in abject poverty in ramshackle homes just 15 miles from Johannesburg, the economic capital of South Africa.
Today the community still suffers from high rates of unemployment, crime and school dropouts, and the end of apartheid more than two decades ago has done little to change the situation.
Founded in early 2007 by a small group of inspired and passionate young people from Kliptown, dedicated to making a difference in their community, the Kliptown Youth Program (KYP) provides educational support and afterschool activities for the disadvantaged children of this township.
KYP’s mission is to eradicate the poverty of mind, body, and soul and to fight against the disadvantages imposed on the children of Kliptown, by providing said educational support and after school activities. It seeks to develop young and dynamic individuals who are willing to contribute effectively for the betterment of their community.
It’s tutoring, athletic and arts programs provide a life to the children of Kliptown not defined by survival, but by the ability to be active community members, to have dreams, and most of all to have hope about the future.
Themba is proud to be associated with and wholly embrace KYPs efforts to build a better future for the young people of Kliptown.
We are privileged to contribute through on-going interaction with the school, provision of financial assistance and, most rewardingly, annual sponsorship of the programmes aspiring graduates through tertiary education relating to the built environment.
If you are interested in finding out more about the Kliptown Youth Programme, or would like to become actively involved, please follow the link bellow to the KYP website:
Or Email us on Info@themba-africa.com